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  1. Not ashamed to admit I got very excited when I got the notification about the update - great to see you're getting so near to the end of the project. Congrats and good on you for all the hard work Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Very excited about the rest of the build. Have learned a lot about my own scope and the optics behind it through following this thread - looking forward to what I'll learn from the other half. Good luck with the rest and I look forward to the first light report! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Would love to join you as a first time out since moving to the area but alas am on call this weekend. Would love to next time though Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Ignore that - just saw a thread from a few weeks ago that answered the question! Sorry for not looking properly first...
  5. Sorry to piggyback this thread but it seems vaguely on-topic: is Ranmore Common the best place to observe from? What's the light pollution like? I'm in Carshalton at the moment having just moved down from near the Peaks, and am eagerly looking for good places to observe with a non-orange sky!
  6. So pleased to hear about the ongoing progress, and also about single malt being used as a form of currency. I knew I'd feel at home in this forum. Keep up the good work mapstar and thanks for the ongoing images - really nice to be able to compare. I look forward to hearing the next step advised by John. As a slight aside were you going to post about the rest of the build in this thread or do I remember you saying you'd do a separate one? If by any chance you have time it would be great to hear about your planning and progress with that and maybe see a bit, though I totally understand if the mirror thread is more than enough for you to be spending time on and sorting out photos for. Either way, good luck and keep going! Sincerely, An enthused spectator (Pete) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Really exciting to see the changes. Thanks for all the images of the testing as well - from a learner's point of view I've found it really helpful and interesting to see the test results along with the narrative. Keep going - home stretch Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Really gonna have to take some of your observing location suggestions up - went to the Surprise View car park in the Peaks last night. About midnight a car turned up, parked at the opposite end of the car park then flashed its lights a few times then waited 30 seconds then drove off. I suspect I may have accidentally parked myself in a [removed word] site! Still, got some great views of M13 and also Saturn towards the end of the session as the seeing improved. First time out with my new ES 82 deg eyepieces to complement the scope. Time to try a few other sites as well now! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That's much nearer than the Hathersage / Grindleford area I tried last. I'll take your recommendation next chance I get. Thank you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I've had my ES 12" for about 6 weeks and had a few outings with it. I chose it as my first scope for its ability to be packed down and fit easily into a small car. All the other truss dobs in a similar price range seemed to slide into themselves, and so still took up too much space to be much use with only a Vauxhall Corsa to take me around. I also liked the bare bones approach with accessories as it meant I wasn't just working with mediocre kit right off the bat, and had extra budget to focus on accessories I wanted. RE optics I can't really make an informed comparison to much other than my Meade 10x50 bins. From an ease of use point of view, I've found it easy enough to set up by myself. In the light it's 10 mins without too much rush, 15-20 in the dark. The resistance with movement isn't quite perfect to my feel, but again being my first scope I can't compare to others to say what's reasonable to expect. It's mostly a bit resistant to small nudges so at higher mags for planets I found myself overshooting then over correcting a lot. I'm sure it's mostly down to technique, and the rest I expect can be tweaked with altering tension when I get a chance and have had a few more outings. Collimation has proved very easy and convenient (even for a first timer) once I realised that one of the adjustment screws wasn't faulty it was just so far unscrewed that it was nowhere near contact for making adjustments. All in all, I know it's early days but I'm pleased with my choice in scope. I don't expect it to be my last scope but didn't when I bought it. Given the restrictions I have in respect to size when packed down and budget it's fulfilled its brief for me. It's a scope I expect to upgrade from but so far it promises to be exactly what I need right now. It's not perfect but I wouldn't expect it to be, and I certainly have no buyer's remorse. I guess the reason I've put such a long-winded reply is just as a reminder that there are trade offs when you play with size and portability and price. You could get a better scope of you changed one of those variables, but for what this scope is I think it's a fair balance of the 3. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. No need to thank - it's been an enjoyable read, and I've learned a lot. It's also been really cool to see the progress, as well as the difficulties along the way rather than just the finished product. Don't worry about the pace of things. It sounds like a hard task, and if it was quick and easy I'm guessing loads of people would do it and you wouldn't! At the end of the day it's your project - it's just nice to be able to share vicariously in the labour and the love. Anyway, keep going and hope you enjoy the project as well as the final product... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. No they haven't but the upper cage has pre-drilled holes so you can move the points where the trusses attach so you can change the angle from 90 to 45 deg. I tried both options and being 6ft much preferred the higher angle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Cheers mate. Will do as soon as I've made the necessary number of posts to allow changing my signature. I'm in the Greater Manchester area so been trying to make the most of the Peak District skies since getting my new toy, though clear skies have been very rare, and moonless clear skies even rarer, so still lots of exciting potential to look forward to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Just found this thread and binge read the entire thing. Amazing to see the dedication and impressive progress being made. I will be following the rest of the project with great interest! Good luck and I hope you enjoy the challenge Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Late to the party but here's mine. Only about a month old - my first scope and I love it! 12" Explore Scientific Truss Dobsonian. Got it for its aperture : portability ratio and very pleased with it so far Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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